Now rather superceded by the VP15 there is still a limited quantity of these fantastic projectors available for very silly money ...
As we said when the S4 was first released: "There is no other device that we have ever purveyed that is quite as film-like in its image renditions as this projector at this price level. Stunning."
I know that people out there are being tempted by the new crop of 1920 LCD projectors at $6K but really they are no comparison...especially after a couple of thousand hours of that super bright light shining through an organic liquid crystal panel and the ensuing colour degradation. They are not doing themselves a favour by buying one of these LCD devices when something like the Marantz is available at such a good price and will give you a truly brill projector with fantastic residuals and long term performance virtues.
This has been one of our very best projectors. All the blah blah aside it just carries the image with greater involvement over any other device you can get,at the moment, I mean it...
When you front "The Incredibles" or a scene from one of our favourite latter day Kung Fu's (anything with Jet Li in it...)its really full on. The S4 has an ability to dig deep into the murky corners of the picture at the same time as resolving fine details of immediate landscape that contributes greatly to an experience of participation in a movie scene. Its ability to handle flesh tones realistically is unsurpassed, even where a DVD offers less than top quality material. The on-board Gennum processor does an excellent job of tidying up MPEG artifacts.
When you see a new film on this device you'll come away with the movie etched in your phsyce and invoked in your dreams...j
Handle with care..
Could anything be better than the VP12S3? Yes... and to use a cliche: we think you’ll find the VP12S4 simply jaw-dropping. Marantz began with the newest “Dark Chip 3” version of Texas Instruments’ DLP processor augmented by a seven-segment color wheel for minimal pixelization and better dither and video noise reduction. They added a new and imroved lens to the already legendary array of previous Konica-Minolta optics and improved flexibility by increasing vertical lens shift adjustments to allow more flexible mounting. Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 1280 x 720
Contrast Ratio: 4500:1 (F/5.0)
Video Processing: GENNUM VXPTM Procesing
By the way I believe its a combo of this, the minolta optics and the unsurpassed build of this that makes it go so well.
3:2 Pulldown: yes
Optics: Custom Minolta/Konica - Sealed (dust free)
Inputs: Composite, S-Video, 2x Component, RBG, 2x HDMI
But the crowning achievement is a completely new video processing engine co-developed by Marantz and Gennum. It is the most powerful video processor ever included in a consumer or professional video display device and offers true motion adaptive deinterlacing of all non-progressive sources – HD included – with inverse telecine (3:2 pulldown), jagged edge reduction circuitry, true 10 bit color depth (over 1 billion colors!) and a new level of installer flexibility. Until you’ve seen the VP12S4’s smoothness and film-like realism, you simply aren’t equipped to select a video projector.